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Talk PPE: Wet Concrete


Wet concrete that is thoroughly and quickly washed Preventing Injuries from Wet Concrete
off the skin will cause little irritation. But continuous
Personal Protection
contact between skin and wet concrete allows
To protect skin from cement and cement mixtures, workers
alkaline compounds to burn the skin. These
should wear:
exposures can lead to irritant or even contact
dermatitis conditions such as stinging pain, itching, Coveralls with long sleeves and full-length trousers
blisters, scabs, dead skin and swelling. Waterproof boots high enough to prevent concrete
from flowing in when standing in fresh concrete
Here is an Example Alkali-resistant gloves
A construction worker had been laboring on a project Safety glasses
for approximately a month. His responsibilities included Pull sleeves down over gloves and tuck pants inside
mixing the wet concrete. His supervisor never supplied boots; use duct tape at the top of boots to keep
him with gloves and boots, and he never requested any mortar and concrete out.
safety equipment. By the end of the month he had several
burn marks on his hands. After going to the doctor, he Work Practices
discovered that his injuries were so bad that he could not Use ready-mixed concrete instead of mixing on site
work for a few months until his wounds properly healed. when possible.
Use a dry board or waterproof kneepads to protect
1. What could the construction worker have done to knee fabric from becoming soaked when kneeling on
avoid the injury caused by contact with wet concrete?
fresh concrete.
2. Do you work with wet concrete? What do you do to Remove jewelry such as rings and watches because
protect yourself? wet cement can collect under them.

What Are We Going to Do Today?


What will we do here at the worksite today to prevent injuries from contact with wet concrete?

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OSHA REGULATIONS: 1926.95 and 1926.102

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